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What Tourists Think About The Twin Ports

Townsquare Media – Tony Hart

Ever Wonder what other people think of our city? There is a website called virtual tourist and I grabbed some of the things people say about our city and some of it’s landmarks.

The SS William A. Irvin

“The SS William A Irvin is a fine example of an ore carrier. She was once the flagship of US Steel’s Great Lakes fleet. These are the world’s largest fresh-water ships. About the size of ocean-going container ships, they are built to carry iron ore from the mines of northern Minnesota to the steel mills of Pennsylvania.”


Lake Superior Marine Museum

“Operated by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Marine Museum offers an overview of the history of Great Lakes shipping in this region. There are a number of interesting exhibits, including a simulation of a freightor’s pilothouse that allows you to imagine you are steering an ore through a November gale. And it’s free.”


Downtown Lakewalk

“A wonderful 2.5 mile Lakewalk traces the shore of Lake Superior, fronting the Duluth downtown area. Along the way one can take in the beauty of the lake and the fascinating lure of a working port with foreign with domestic vessels sailing nearby. Along the walk we saw historic architecture and modern sculptures as well as several charming shops and restaurants.”


The Waterfront Sculpture Walk

“More than beautiful lake views and touristy shops, Duluth’s waterfront also offers an expression of art. Along the waterfront you will find an outdoor gallery of international sculptures. The series represents the social, cultural and historical values of Duluth”


Glensheen Mansion

“Glensheen Mansion sits on 7 acres of Lake Superior Shoreline and includes beautifully manicured grounds, carriage house with a carriage collection, gandner’s cottage (he lived there until his death in 2004) and a clay tennis court. The home was built by Chester and Clara Congdon and was inherrited by their daughter, Elizabeth who lived there until her murder there in 1978.”


Aerial Lift bridge

“If you are lucky you can see the largest Great Lakes ships. The largest are the three “1000 foot class ships” and the largest of these is the Paul R. Tregurtha at 1,013.6 Feet long.”

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